Sustainathon Malaysia 2021

> Themed “Reimagining Education”, the competition organised by Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) focuses on tackling issues related to digital learning through the implementation of solutions based on technology and innovation.

> Open to tertiary students in Malaysia from pre-university to university cohorts from any discipline, including students in public and private institutes of higher education, as well as technical education institutes.

> Participants can submit ideas as individuals or in teams of up to five members.

> Students under the age of 18 as of Sept 20, 2021, must obtain consent from their parents or guardians to participate.> Idea submissions should be based on these four challenge areas:Challenge #1: The Digital Divide and Disconnection, where ideas should explore ways to enhance community engagement and provide access to high-quality higher education in a more inclusive way during and after the pandemic, employing technology to create blended learning experiences that include the B40 group and people with disabilities;

Challenge #2: Absenteeism in Remote Learning, where ideas should offer solutions to drive behavioural change in students and motivate them to be actively present in their online learning journey;

Challenge #3: Integrated Digital Learning Platform, where ideas should offer a one-stop digital solution for monitoring and managing online teaching and learning, to improve the quality of online teaching and facilitate communication among parents, teachers and educational institutions in an integrated manner; and

Challenge #4: Accessible Education for the Blind, where ideas should offer digital solutions to enable inclusive education for visually-impaired students and revisualise traditional teaching practices.

> Up to six shortlisted teams or individuals will have the opportunity to present to a panel of judges in December.

> The Top Three winners will be announced in the Malaysian Finale to be held in January 2022.

> The Top Three entries will win RM10,000, RM7,000 and RM5,000 respectively, while the entry with the Highest Online Votes and the winner of the Special Recognition Award will each receive RM2,000.

> The top two entries will also represent Malaysia at the Asean Finale in March 2022, which will involve two teams each from Malaysia, the Philippines and Singapore.

> The Asean Finale will offer a cash prize of USD$10,000 (RM41,500) for the winning idea.

> Webinar sessions to help interested participants refine their ideas and improve their entries will also be held, with recordings made available after the webinars. Details: or email

Closing date for submissions: Nov 30

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